Archbishop of Canterbury ‘appalled’ by Pakistan church bombings

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop Justin has prayed for ‘the peace of Pakistan’ and ‘the protection of Christ’s people’ after suicide bombers killed 78 Christians in Peshawar yesterday.

I am appalled to learn of the attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar as people had gathered there to pray. My heart goes out to all those bereaved and injured by this terrible attack. I pray for the peace of Pakistan and the protection of Christ’s people. With the people of Peshawar I join in calling for the Pakistan Government and all people of good will to ensure that communities may go about their daily lives in safety, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.Please be assured of my prayers and fullest support as you provide leadership and care for your people at this difficult time.

I am appalled to learn of the attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar as people had gathered there to pray. My heart goes out to all those bereaved and injured by this terrible attack. I pray for the peace of Pakistan and the protection of Christ’s people. With the people of Peshawar I join in calling for the Pakistan Government and all people of good will to ensure that communities may go about their daily lives in safety, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Please be assured of my prayers and fullest support as you provide leadership and care for your people at this difficult time.

Two suicide bombers targeted Christians leaving Sunday Mass at the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, killing 78 and injuring more than 100.

Writing to the Church of Pakistan last night, the Archbishop said his heart ‘goes out to all those bereaved and injured by this terrible attack’.

‘I pray for the peace of Pakistan and the protection of Christ’s people,’ he added.

The attack is the latest in a series of assaults on Pakistan’s Christians, who represent about 1.6% of the country’s population.

Archbishop Justin wrote: ‘I pray for the peace of Pakistan and the protection of Christ’s people. With the people of Peshawar I join in calling for the Pakistan Government and all people of good will to ensure that communities may go about their daily lives in safety, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice. Please be assured of my prayers and fullest support as you provide leadership and care for your people at this difficult time.’

In a tweet this morning, the Archbishop said: ‘Peshawar bomb reveals depths of human evil, yet those suffering speak of forgiveness as well as justice. That is the love of Jesus shown.’

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